The halls of the show kicking off the national tour of the annual must-see motorcycle event will be packed with new models and exciting motorcycle stuff to keep a range of riders happy. Adding to this motorcycle mayhem is Yamaha, who will have other models on display including the 2017 FZ-10, FZ-09, SCR950 as well as the YZF-R6.
Because no motorcycle show is complete without a few custom bikes, several “Yard Built” custom creations will be on show, including a reimagined VMAX, XSR900, SCR950, and SR400.
Also featured, two-time and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier’s #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 Superbike, MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff’s #1 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6, and two-time AMA Supercross West Champion Cooper Webb’s #1 Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha YZ250F.
For riders looking to meet the riding elite, on Friday from 6:00 to 6:45 PM and again on Saturday from 11:15 AM to 12:00 Noon, 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier, 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff, and 2016 AMA Supercross West Champion Cooper Webb will be signing autographs and greeting fans at the Yamaha Display Area.
Free posters will be provided for the riders to sign and hand out to fans in attendance.
As mentioned in Clutch and Chrome’s other coverage of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, demo rides will be happening and Yamaha has theirs at the Long Beach Convention Center parking lot on Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Attendees can take a demo ride aboard a 2017 Yamaha FZ-10, SCR950, or any of the following 2016 models: V Star 1300 Deluxe, Stryker, FJR1300ES, FJR1300A, Super Ténéré, YZF-R1S, Bolt R-Spec, XSR900, FZ-09, FJ-09, FZ-07, YZF-R6, or YZF-R3.
Those interested in a demo ride need a valid motorcycle license, no permits, a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection. To ride an FZ-10 or R1S, you also must be at least 25 years of age. Seriously, that’s how intense those models really are.
Finally, something for everyone, whether attending or not, a chance to win a customized “Urban Ops” Yamaha YZF-R1S. The motorcycle has been tricked out with a complete assortment of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, select aftermarket upgrades, special graphics, and custom lighting.
It can be seen in person this weekend at the IMS in Long Beach and anyone can enter online to win it. In a random drawing from all entries received in the “Yamaha R1S Urban Ops Sweepstakes,” Yamaha will select one winner who will receive this one-of-a-kind 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1S.